forest fires

Going up in smoke

Posted by admin — 4 September 2006 at 8:00am - Comments

Forest fires are raging across Brazil and Indonesia

In tropical latitudes, months pass without any rain and in the dry season forests become susceptible to fire. These can occur naturally and would normally not pose a serious problem, but clearing land as a result of logging or to make way for plantations is exacerbating the problem and every year the fires spread faster and further.

Drought in the Amazon: are deforestation and climate change to blame?

Posted by admin — 26 October 2005 at 8:00am - Comments

Forest fires fires account for more than 75% of Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions


The Amazon rainforest plays a very important role in the production of water vapor across the region. Around half of the area's rainfall comes from moisture evaporating from the forest (before it penetrates into the soil) and plant transpiration. The fewer trees there are, the less water is returned to the atmosphere.

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